Stella is a German Shepard that is a certified pet therapy dog. She works with Anne Hendrix, a Licensed Counselor at The Counseling Group. Stella and Ms. Hendrix work with both adults and children using Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT). PAT is a remarkable therapeutic process involving clients, the animal and their handler. Research has shown that pets have a calming effect including lowering heart rate and blood pressure.
Pet Therapy With Stella
Counseling is a process of assessment, exploration and education. Counseling assist individuals, groups, or families to promote growth, awareness, change in attitude, feelings and behaviors. These all lead to a happy and healthy life.
The initial counseling session usually is used to listen and learn as much about the client and the situation as possible. Many times the counselor will take notes and ask questions. At the conclusion of the session, the client and counselor together discuss options and plans for problem resolution and future sessions.
Anxiety Disorders to include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Separation
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Survivors of Abuse
Sexual Abuse Survivors
Addictions and Substance Use Disorder
Management of Depression
Pet Therapy - Pet Assisted Therapy
Parenting - Co-Parenting
Certified Play Therapy for children 3 yrs to 6 yrs. of age
Adolescent and Child Counseling (ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
Eating Disorder Specialist
Body Image Specialist
Grief and Loss Counseling
Work and Career Issues
Therapeutic play, (including play therapy) , is a dynamic and interpersonal relationship between a child and a counselor. The counselor provides selected play materials, and facilitates the development of a safe and understanding environment in which a child may explore and process through their feelings, behaviors, and lived experiences by utilizing their most natural means of communication; which is play. Recent research suggests that 71% of the children referred to play therapy will show a positive change.